DYER | A controversial development proposed for Calumet Avenue was rejected this month when the Dyer Town Council denied a zoning change for a proposed gas station.
A Family Express gas station and convenience store was proposed for the east side of Calumet at 210th Street. The proposal came with an unfavorable recommendation from the Dyer Plan Commission. Three out of the seven planning commissioners also sit on the council.
Noise, traffic congestion and environmental concerns were cited. The site had been owned by a church but went undeveloped when plans for a new building fell through.
The site also is across from a residential neighborhood, and some residents there told the council they were worried about traffic, bright lighting and other issues.
Sharon Johns, a resident of Briar Ridge, provided a petition to city officials signed by 30 residents who were against the project.
Johns thanked council members after they unanimously denied the project.